Short Term Disability (STD) is available for an employee's own serious health condition due to a non work-related illness or injury.
To be eligible, the employee's medical condition must meet the serious health condition definition under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). All STD absences run concurrent with FMLA leaves and Workers Compensation Leaves.
If leave is foreseeable, employees should submit a completed request for FMLA form and a completed Physician Statement to the Department of Human Resources at least 30 days prior to a scheduled leave, or as soon as practicable. Short Term Disability and the FMLA leave will be approved or denied based on the medical certification provided. Approvals will be mailed to the employee’s home address.
STD Pay: The college provides a percentage of salary continuation for up to the first 180 days of a disability. Payroll will be notified to start payment of Short Term Disability, based on the salary continuation policy and bargaining unit contracts. Depending on collective bargaining agreements, pay increases, vacation accrual and sick time accrual may stop during STD, and will not start again until the employee returns to work.
Return to Work: Human Resources will review the completed Physician Statement and evaluate work restrictions, if any. Based on the employee's job classification, Human Resources will consult with the employee's department regarding accommodation of the restrictions and will advise the employee of the final decision. Restrictions can be accommodated for up to 90 days. (If an employee's restrictions cannot be accommodated, they will be placed on STD, until released to full duty.)
An employee on STD requiring more than 180 days release from employment MUST apply for Long Term Disability. An employee cannot extend Short Term Disability beyond the 180-day waiting period.
Human Resources will mail an employee on STD, an application for Long Term Disability (LTD) within 30 days of the expiration of their STD leave. To avoid a lapse in income, the employee should apply for Long Term Disability upon receipt of the application, as soon as possible.